May 9, 2020

Dear LCSRA & NWCSRA Families,

As I mentioned last week, programming as we are accustomed to has been shutdown since mid-March in accordance with the Governor’s Stay at Home Order. There have been a great deal of questions surrounding summer camps and traditional programs.

With the release of the Governor’s Restore Illinois plan this week, it has become evident that we will not be able to conduct the programs that were planned this summer due to released guidelines for social distancing, staff contact, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needs and program size. Yesterday, after much deliberation, we made the difficult decision to cancel all summer programs included in the LCSRA and NWCSRA Spring and Summer brochures. We will focus our efforts to create programs that meet the unique qualifications of each stage of the Governor’s plan, enhance virtual program offerings and speed up the process toward merging LCSRA with NWCSRA. Registration is closed and credits/refunds will be processed for anyone who has already registered.

We recognize that cancelling our programs has a significant impact on our participants, their families, caregivers and our amazingly talented full-time and part-time team members. We felt that it was necessary to face the fact that our current offerings are not realistic at this time. We need to take the time to reflect, adapt and flex our creativity to provide opportunities that will meet the current and changing needs that we will face over the next several months.

Staff will be working together to create a variety of virtual and non-contact program offerings and focus on the merge. Please make sure to watch for correspondence and postings on nwcsra.org for upcoming virtual and non-contact programs. We will still host a virtual gathering on June 5 to provide an update on summer offerings and plans for future programs. Information regarding the time and credentials will be sent closer to the gathering.

Thank you for your attention to this important letter. I look forward to meeting with you soon. Please feel free to reach out to me with questions that you may have at mselep@nwcsra.org.

Think safe! Stay strong! Be well!

Sincerely,
Mike Selep, CPRE, MPS
Executive Director
Northern Will County Special Recreation Association